I tried reading this when i was 15 i think around the time it first came out perhaps i was too ambitious because the novel was too much for me and i ave up i suppose i just didn t The Patriot Bride get it but i can be competitive even with books even with myself so i promised young mark monday that the battle wasn t over that i d return to re engage 25 years later when i had become an old wise manand i would eventually conuer this one well mark it is now 25 years laterand so i promptly lost my original paperback right after i started reading it after holding on to it for 25 frickin years it took time toet a new copybut now that i m finished with this one i m not even sure what to say a lot of different things went on in my head when reading this it is pretty one of a kind i think i ll ive it some time to sink in before i write a real review overall a fascinating challenging often off putting dryly humorous always intriguing experience but after all the headiness i think i need to read a kid s novel to rinse the intellectual palate so to speakwell it s a few days after the above today i ve been enjoying my favorite Kate Bush songs on my back patio and at one point was surprised to recall that i had fully enjoyed these bizarre and challenging songs way back in high school back when A Maggot was so intimidating and so i became embarrassed at avoiding the review at hand thanks Kate for the uilt tripthe storyfive figures in a landscape traveling on horseback to an unknown destination they do not speak they exist at first simply as enigmas to contemplate a nobleman his faux uncle an actor his manservant or lover a maid or perhaps a whore a soldier or perhaps a lifetime liar it is May 1736 in England three will return one will be found dead the last will have disappeared without a tracethe stylei have read many times over that Fowles has a style that is challenging prose that is dense and obliue narratives that often veer off confusingly into the metaphysical a Inventing the Future guiding hand that shows little to no interest in offering the reader their traditional pleasures A Maggot is all of those things it is a journey that ends in a kind of transcendence it is a narrative that has no interest in answering your uestions silly reader and yet this is by no means a difficult book to read the difficulty lies in digesting and understanding any or all of its myriad implicationsroughly three uarters of the novel is in the uestion and answer format of a police interrogation and police procedural except in this case the uestioner is a curmudgeonly reactionary cynical old lawyer with interests clearly vested in the keeping of station the poor with the poor the rich his client the nobleman s father a Duke firmly with the rich there should be no challenge to the capable reader during these parts the format allows all stories to be told in a reassuring first person format the tales told are straightforward but only in the telling and there are many acidic comments from the dear aged lawyer to enjoy to roll around the tongue and then say out loud with the utmost haughty lawyerly disdaininterspersed between before and after these long interviews are seuences that can best be described with that hoary adjective Brechtian these parts are striking in what they do not tell they view the actions and words of our characters at a firm distance as players in a play that the reader has stumbled upon halfway the activities a tableau rather than a display of actual movement it seems intended to distance the reader to force contemplation and in that it certainly succeeds perhaps too well the tactic can be off putting the intent appears to be to separate emotion from content to allow the reader to decipher entirely on their own the motives and meaning of what they see displayed before them and in that the method is clearly successfulnow i have to wonder why i was unable to finish this back in high school this is not the most difficult of books well who knows perhaps i was too shallow and interested in fast pacedenre fiction i suppose things have not changed too much on that frontthe ideasso what is this novel about well now is the time to answer uestions with uestionsis it indeed a police procedural at that it succeeds in spades the mystery is palpable the truth seems just around the corner lies are told and liars are caught in them the death is a suicide or a murder the party of five are many things and none of them what they appear at first it appears to be an intrigue of surprisingly cozy proportions surely this mystery can be solved the lawyer seems to think it all hinges upon a secret ay relationship between intense young nobleman and mute well hung manservant silly lawyeris this a tale of witchcraft and dire deeds in a dark and eerie cavern one of the tales told is explicitly so it all becomes so clear to the reader accustomed to fantasy and horror during this very long seuence at last the truth comes out it is a very well constructed trap for the reader who demands an answer
And Who Somehow Euates who somehow euates tales of perverse enchantment with an actual answer and by the reader i am of course speaking of myself it was certainly satisfying on the level of having an answer that turned out to be enjoyably dreadful perversely erotic and full of rim fantasia it is an almost comfortably relayed tale of easily recognized horrors and i swallowed it whole until i realized i was barely halfway finished with the book i wondered so now that the truth is out what is left to tell and then this familiar answer to the mystery began to seem unreal the explanation began to unravel it became a straw man a paper tiger a stalking horseis this a tale of time travel the future not just looking upon the past but stepping in to mold that past to create the future the vision of a silvery maggot in essence a silver spaceship complete with futuristic dials and knobs strange fabrics and viewing screens that show scenes that could never be seen in the viewer s lifetime is a wonderfully clever nod to the trappings of science fiction alas no doubt tis another feintis this a treatise on the inherent lack of odliness in any class based system in organized religion in the lack of euality between the enders yes it is dynamically so angrily sois this a vaguely postmodern whimsy on the roots and beginnings of Shakerism the end of the novel is nearly a love poem to one of the most fascinating religious figures i have had the pleasure of learning about the Shaker proselytizer Anna Lee have you ever heard of the Shakers outside of their excellence at furniture building i have but then in my early youth i was raised in some aspects of the uaker faith from which many of the Shaker tenets developed if you haven t heard of the Shakers look them up their belief system is truly compelling not least in their unshakable conviction that euality between the Verdammt verliebt genders was an absolute for truly living in God s world an admirable belief they even thought that Jesus may return in the form of a woman which was surely a beyond radical concept for the time and may still be so and those Shakers danced thus the name Shakers they danced and sang in crazy awesome concentric circles just about the only thing that i find uestionable about the faith is their determination that all forms of sexuality of carnality were the devil s work so no sex ever not even for procreationis this a tale of transcendence a vision of the world as God intended a reclamation of a lost soul a transfiguration of sorts such is the final tale and no doubt the one closest to the truth have our key players transcended either shedding their physical form and earthly existence for the beyond or shedding therossly carnal and materialistic forms of their current lives for something finer something richer in spirituality community euality and destiny well let me just tell you this do not expect an answer to your uestions expect to be forced to think and not to be led to the well to drink expect a certain lack of satisfaction a clear lack of narrative resolution expect to clear lack of narrative resolution expect to frustratedthe titleis A Maggot a maggot in the intro Fowles recalls the obsolete definition of the word namely a whim a uirk this is perhaps the only interpretation with which i resolutely disagree A Maggot is far from a whim its intentions are too serious its possible meaning too compelling too multi leveled unlike a mere whim it exists to be contemplated seriously its ideas are no fanciful uirk indeed it is a puzzle for the mind and soul an almost brazen challenge from beginning to endthe Kate Bushapropos of nothing at all here are my Top 10 Kate Bush songsby the way the videos are actually horrible so incredibly dated pretentious almost unbearable to watch and yet i love these songsLeave It OpenhttpswwwyoutubecomwatchvvlMDRunning Up That Hillhttpwwwyoutubecomwatchvwp43OdArmy DreamershttpwwwyoutubecomwatchvOZDKlGet Out Of My HousehttpwwwyoutubecomwatchvaMDgvxWuthering HeightshttpswwwyoutubecomwatchvJNUDuJames and the Cold Gunhttpwwwyoutubecomwatchv5c2lHammer HorrorhttpwwwyoutubecomwatchvXR4KnfCoffee HomegroundhttpwwwyoutubecomwatchvVp0i8KenhttpwwwyoutubecomwatchvOpl8tThis Woman s Workhttpwwwyoutubecomwatchv7TupvV A Maggot is an interesting novel It can be approached as an historical mystery a meta fictional experiment of mixed narrative form and The Way Between the Worlds (The View from the Mirror, genre and a meditation on the injustices inherent in the 18th century social political and religious mindset The story proper details a mysterious journey undertaken by five individuals across the English landscape whose destination and purpose is unknown In addition to this each of the individuals is not what they appear and may not even be what they themselves think they are This simple mystery plot form is expressed with a variety of narrative techniues a somewhat distant 3rd person with occasional authorial asides taking place now interspersing longer passages of first person uestion and answer that are occurring in the then of 18th century England As the story progresses the reader begins to see that even theenre boundaries of mystery and historical fiction are being crossed and significant possible elements of science fiction begin to creep into the tale Accepting this novel at face value as a historical mystery would be a mistake especially since it seems to be a mystery whose whole purpose is not to be unravelled Rather the mystery plot is the vehicle which allows Fowles to show how each character s own conception of this mystery of which they are a part and its possible solutions is determined by their own social standing and personal background by the hidebound preconceptions they each bring to their experience of the world These disparate characters allow Fowles to put on display a particular aspect of human society that he perceives as having been distinctly strong in 18th century society due to its make up but that still exists today that we are determined by our perceptions and expectations The uestion and answer segments are particularly useful in this regard for making explicit how differently each character interprets the same events how they look to the expected the known or the conventional in order to explain something that is beyond their experience Even the visionary falls back onto traditional to her paradigms in order to be able. In the spring of 1736 four men and one woman all traveling under assumed names are crossing the Devonshire countryside en route to a mysterious rendezvous Before their journey end. .
John Fowles Ä 2 DownloadRe as he informs us in the prologue The other one was his admiration for Ann Lee the founder of a strict yet especially alternative religious roup the Shakers Although an atheist Fowles had enough clarity to discern the wisdom behind their religious practices and acknowledge the necessity of the new in opposition to the old The creation of something that takes us one step further from the obsolete corpse of a past state What starts as a whodunnit mystery novel soon takes a turn towards far obscure and deep paths The biggest part of the novel is written in the form of an interview as the lawyer uestions the various suspects in order to uncover the truth behind the servant s death and the mysterious disappearance of a certain prominent person In between these interrogations there are parts of a somewhat detached script like third person narrative which as it seemed to me serve as a way to sober the reader and temporarily relieve them of all their emotional processes in order to make space for new ones Like an emotional flush of some sort They also ive the author the chance to state some of his views on the society of the past and the not so different one of the presentAs is the case with both of the other of his works I ve read The Magus and The Collector A Maggot s plot is mostly developed through the perspective of its characters Which means that what we read is what they perceive as the truth Which also means that few things are actually cleared up in the end and what matters most is what the reader makes of what is written Another characteristic of Fowles writing that is present here is the fight between two sociological and historical tendencies expressed through the characters Indeed Fowles characters are not just fictional people They re symbols that concentrate in them entire theories movements philosophies and historical turbulences When two of them converse it s like the clash of two armies of which only one will remain standing in the end and not without casualtiesThe of his books I read the I see that not only his storytelling but also his enius use of semiotics make Fowles one of the most brilliant if not as famous as he deserved perhaps writers of the late 20th century and A Maggot is yet another example of his brilliance I wrote this review a few years ago I just moved to a new apartment and while I rearranged my books in the perfect order I came across my copy of A Maggot and remembered this so I shall copy and pasteJOHN FOWLES A MAGGOTMy previous experience reading the work of John Fowles is sporadic but rather steady while taking a Literature of the Occult class in college The Magus was reuired reading and sometime last winter I made it through The Collector recommended to me by Maxim magazine of all things I never finished the former as the parts I remember were a little over my head and was underwhelmed by the latter A while ago I was wandering through a thrift shop on 7th Avenue in Park Slope Brooklyn and randomly stumbled upon The Maggot I immediately picked it up because of the author but was drawn to it for other reasons as well It was a heavy hardcover a former member of the Brooklyn Public Library system I liked the cover Featured was a photo of Mr Fowles which took up the entire back cover someone had pressed a old star sticker near his right hand which was neatly tucked into a pocket I liked the title I liked the alternative usage of the word maggot All these things pleased my aesthetic I began reading it right away ignoring the several half finished books littering my apartment Though the style was dense and a little too stodgy for my taste with about half of it consisting of mid 19th century British dialogue that had me reading paragraphs three or four times each there was a slow burning core of promise and thrifty use of language that kept me plugging away I wouldn t say I couldn t put it down I wouldn t say it amazed me plugging away I wouldn t say I couldn t put it down I wouldn t say it amazed However it s one of those books that plant you firmly into the personality of the author into the way they see and structure I was aware of how British Fowles is and of what ualities he found attractive in a woman His opinions on religion were evident All these things and weren t spelled out or even necessarily integral
of the story were just present I kept reading it I even skimmed some of it Usually when reading a book becomes tedious for me I ll just move on to something else and tell myself I ll finish it later It smelled of paper soon to turn brittle and weighted me down every day to and from the train Others lanced at the title curiously It was covered in a clear protective plasticI finished it on a Saturday It was one of the first warm days I had one for a walk in the sun air white cement and my skin and hair had that reen metallic smell from being outside from being slightly sweaty and then chilly again My lungs worked easily I was laid up on the couch a cat purring warmly against my chest and belly My legs had the slight tingle of a ood long walk The windows and doors were all open I had eaten pineapple and blackberries and Nutella in The Horse in Celtic Culture great big spoonfuls I was hurrying to finish this book killing time The day had been so perfect my senses and mind so round and full that I didn t want to ruin it with television So I finished it turned the last pages and the conclusion left me with a vague satisfaction It was an unclear ending the kind that you are okay with because the unknowing is fitting and telling than a neat wrapping up So it was finished and I flipped to the epilogue which was written directly to the readers from the author like an explanation or a letter He made it clear that the entire novel which was an amalgamation of a who done it historical fiction time travel fantasy religious dissent romance and political treatise was crawling toward one purpose only this purpose was the birth of Ann LeeAll these things an entire complex and at times convoluted plot and several charactersthey all led to this There were no hints none except for mentions of uakerism Ann Lee was the founder of religious sect known as the Shakers who originated in England and uickly immigrated to America to escape persecution A severeroup they were originally an offshoot of the uakers and claimed a strict adherence to chastity as the main difference between their beliefs and other similar Protestant faiths The first Shaker settlement in America was founded outside Albany NY in the 1770 s In fact this original community still stands within a couple of miles of my parents house In fact I completed an internship at the Shaker Heritage Society at this very site while in college I picnicked at Ann Lee Pond I drove down paths entitled North Family Road and Watervliet Shaker Road Their presence in my life was extremely prevalentThe Shakers believed fervently in celibacy They relied mainly on conversion to ain new members and never exceeded over 6000 members due to the difficulty of convincing people not to succumb to the temptations of the flesh At times it was difficult to control the natural proclivities of their members especially the young ones many of which were adopted orphans without a choice in the matter While at the Heritage Society I read countless accounts of Shaker Girls Gone Wild running half dressed bonnets askance through the primitive streets imbibing whiskey and threatening the piety of the town s menfolk The Shakers were largely self sufficient They operated large farms and made most of their own clothing soap furniture etc I spent many hours showing small children how to comb and card wool how to use a drop spindle how to knit I learned how to knit through this influence directly it has been a hobby of mine ever since that time It has enabled me to make things for many people people I love In addition their products were of such uality that there was high demand for them in town Especially things that involved intricate handiwork the Shaker women were famous for their luxury embroidered oods Coincidentally this was something they had little use for themselves Their honey brooms herbs seeds and chairs were also famed and bought by many The Shakers were also extremely innovative They made vast improvements upon already existing items and ideas I won t delve deeper into any of this save to say that it is Every Boys Dream generally believed that their sacrifice of carnality enabled them to expend time and energy into all the aforementioned innovations and into uality craftsmanship This series of events may seem inconseuential perhaps they are What is evident to me after reading this work is the nature of coincidence and the nagging belief that the manipulation of energy of being able to force things to you away from you based on what youive and take is possible Did all this happen because I have been rethinking my behavior lately Or was it the other way around In the epilogue John Fowles mentions how the story came to him as if by accident or coincidence He came into possession by chance of a replica of a drawing a portrait of a woman The woman wasn t particularly beautiful but her image through someone else s perspective drew him in and inspired him She may have been a prostitute She was the basis for one of the main characters Rebecca Lee the mother of Ann Lee The cover of my copy of the book is this original portrait which pleases me immensely Interestingly Fowles claims he did little research and made most of the story up Chance coincidence inspiration I wonder what he was projecting to receive such bounty And it s a personal bounty it seems like he was striving to please only himself with this work This exact mental path is the one that usually yields extraordinary results in art and literature The make believe history is a well known trick of the postmodernist literature Here we have a celebrated criminal in Margaret Atwood s Alias Grace a famous angster in Mircea Mihaes Woman in Red a brought to life portrait in Tracy Chevalier s Girl with a Pearl Earring and in all these novels and others reality and fiction are blended beyond recognition to create literature s second reality A sort of non fiction novels to borrow Truman Capote s very deceptive termHowever whether the above mentioned works concentrate upon the hist I found this book to be very strange At the end of the book there is an author s Note Wherein Fowles Describes wherein Fowles describes he was trying to accomplish when writing the novel Instead of the note providing an illuminating experience I found myself scratching my head even because I didn t really buy into Fowles attempt to et to B from AI found the first half of the book to be pretty interesting but the second half not so much The book is a murder mystery and what happened in relation to the murder is primarily told through a series of interrogations between law enforcement and a series of witnessessuspects As we A Succession of Bad Days get closer to the end of the book the whys and the hows start to become even stranger as well I believe that if Fowles would have written the book that he said that he wanted to write here I would have enjoyed the story much My GR friends have informed me that no Fowles book is alike Since that is the case I willive Fowles another The Multi-Orgasmic Man go in the futureOverall I m not sure for a first time reader of Fowles that this one is aood book with which to start. T once a tale of erotic obsession an exploration of the conflict between reason and superstition an astonishing act of literary legerdemain and the story of the birth of a new fai. ,Parts Of The Story
To interpret her life changing experienceThe juxtaposition of perceptions and assumptions of the modern era as witnessed in the 3rd person intrusions with those of the 18th century when the novel takes place are well done and seem central to the novel These are characters who very much feel like authentic inhabitants of their era Their modes of speaking and even of thought are truly alien to the modern reader in many ways As a result Fowles is able to use these differences to indulge in his thematic hobby horses of free will vs pre destination the fear of change vs the need to progress and unthinking acceptance vs the belief that change can and must be effected These are ideas that many of us take for ranted but Fowles shows how new and strange many of these concepts were when the novel takes place and they were still in their larval stages Another major cultural difference between the reader and those whom the book purports to represent is seen in Fowles notion that their sense of individuality is not even close to our own would not even be considered as individuality at all by our standards Fowles oes so far as to draw comparisons between the constraints of people from this era and those of a character in a book the plot of their lives pre determined according to their role and function in society certainly if born below a certain social level and harps on the fact that this was utterly natural to them something which the vast majority of the people of the day would not even consider an issue worth considering It is an intriguing idea and allows the obvious meta aspects of the narrative to The Great Passage gain a further level of depth Ironically Fowles notes both explicitly and implicitly that that the birth of the individual one of the key elements that broke up the injustices inherent in the 18th century social political and religious mindset was as much a blessing as a curseAll that being said I still found the book to be one I felt obliged to finish than one that carried me along with the rush of its passage At times the uestion and answer sections of the novel seemed to carry on too long and the 3rd person narrative parts could perhaps have been liberally interspersed into the text than they were I can accept that not all mysteries have to have a solution but the utter lack of any real understanding of what happened in that cave in western England and the impenetrable nature of the young lord s real purpose and end is certainly frustrating In the end Iuess I would consider this a highly successful meditation on the birth of modernity and the ways in which we have both learned from and ignored to our peril the lessons of the past but only a moderately successful novel I think David Mitchell would have written something on the same subject and with the same elements with just as much depth but that was much interesting The Maggot is a hypnotic novel which as you sink into it becomes and sibylline But whatever there are some books that we like not to understand saying that there must be something in there significant than yourself like the repressed unconsciousNicholas d Urf a young Oxford raduate a womanizer has a little existential crisis and embarks on a teaching position on the Greek island of Paxos There he meets a certain Conchis a mixture between a somewhat barred Aristotle Onassis and a manipulative RaelAnd this is where the trouble will start for the young professor He will become the creature of Conchis alias the Maggot who will make him see all the colours organization of not simple sexual meetings black masses etc And then also there is this story of very disturbing twin sisters Good luck A uniue reading experience Uffff You know how you re reading a book and you really like it and it s beautifully written and the plot is interesting but believable and easy to follow and then halfway through the book there s a UFO abduction and you re like what the hell this is 18th century england no UFOs in 18th century england but you keep reading because
You Assume You Had A Stroke Andassume you had a stroke and the UFO scene but the UFO scene doesn t o away and then in the end the UFO abduction was really Jesus yeah it s like that A shaggy dog story John Fowles prologue tells us the book began with an image of travellers on horseback For years though finding this image striking he was prevented from doing anything with it because he didn t know who the travellers were or where they were Off Leash (Freelance Familiars Book 1) going Then he worked out a way of writing a book anyway without knowing this It s eighteenth century England and the travellers are journeying through the countryside for some hidden purpose Then this purpose is accomplished We still don t know what it was but one of the party is dead the rest are scattered and the most important member a rebellious son of an aristocrat is mysteriously disappeared forood A lawyer struggling to establish what has become of the aristocratic son carries out interrogations which take up most of the novel in and A format The book is the kind where the I Walk in Dread gratification of curiosity being constantly deferred just a little longer leads you round and round a maze I knew it was that kind of book and a deliberately puzzling odd book but Iuess I was surprised by how completely it was that sort of book It doesn t feel incomplete or badly realised but it feels like what it says on the tin An uncategorisable whim with a mind of its own It s really fairly clear what happens actually In a way The prostitute who was being taken along for mysterious reasons reverts violently back to her uaker upbringing following the mysterious crucial incident in a cave She has a fairly standard weird religious vision The non standard part from our point of view is the spaceship It s fairly obvious the disappeared character has The Life You Save gone away with the spaceship it s just that the context and form of the novel has not prepared us for being expected to believe it Then there s an earnest epilogue about uakers and Shakers where Fowles tells us the proceding farrago about prostitutes and devil summoning etc was his way of introducing the founder of the Shakers an historical figure he s fond of as the prostitute s daughter It s this element that makes the book so odd the match of destination and method ofetting there The stuff about dissenting religion and its expression of political subversiveness and a belief in euality amid an oppressive eighteenth century was less interesting than it should have been I think partly this was because of Fowles authorial explanations of the eighteenth century mind set and how they worshipped property and status and the lower classes had no concept of self assertion or self awareness I m sure it s substantially true but something about the way Fowles said it made me want to argue I know about the nineteenth century insofar as i know anything about anything insofar as I know anything about anything I see this kind of society as less aware of its own antipathy to much biblical teaching safely wrapped up in ways of bypassing that realisation Fowles has the situation a shade too black and white for it not to be artistically irritating even if historically accurate Fowles is well known for his metafictional touches such as these comments on the culture of his historical settings It was interesting on reading Ivanhoe to see that there are actually a lot of similarities between Scott and Fowles techniues in this respect It s like Fowles other novels that I ve read in plenty of aspects There s the Tempting Meredith (Lovers and Friends, gossipy pleasure of putting the story together through lots of different narratives and perspectives There s the same trope from The Magus where characters perform misleading narratives for hire as a plot device Fowles taste for mysterious women with a mixture of victimisation and agency seems familiar Dazzling Stunning The best I ve read of himOn second reading the novel holds up remarkably well It seems at first a study in the perpetuation of literary suspense The book jumps between third person narration a kind of mock legal deposition which permits multiple narrative voices essayistic asides and epistolary elements The third person voice often refers to theap between events at the time of the story the 1730s and our present day For example Closergroups of children noisily played lamp loo and tutball those primitive forms of tag and baseball Modern lovers of the second Inside MacPaint game would have been shocked to see that here it was preponderantly played byirls and perhaps to know that its traditional prize for the most skilled was not the million dollar contract but a mere tansy pudding The novel begins with a tableau of five individuals four of them male of varying ages who make a journey to the west of England on horseback There is an uncle his nephew and three servants one female We come across them as they travel a muddy road to a bleak village It is there at the musty inn and later in a nearby cave that much of the action occurs action that will later be dissected by way of a series of legal depositions run by the dwarfish and hateful London lawyer Henry Ayscough We learn a few things during the interrogations that nephew and uncle are in fact unrelated that the nephew is the true leader of the excursion that the uncle is an actor by profession that the maid is a prostitute that one of the servants is deaf and dumb and so forth Only the nephew who is not a nephew knows the true purpose of the trip which for most of the book remains a mystery We also know that the nephew believes he has hit on a mathematical device or formula that once fully developed will allow him to foretell the future That is to say he s crazy as a loon Still what can it mean Why the trip Why the subseuent investigation And where has everyone one Slowly one by one at the behest of the nephew s aristocratic father the lawyer tracks down all of the participants save one And in a uestion and answer format that allows no room for description or authorial commentary He Painstakingly Gets A Story painstakingly ets a story is it the story That s a very Fit For The Chase; Cars And The Movies good uestion and in large part the novel s point uestioning narrative constructs as it does It is the prostitute s deposition that for this reader was the most engrossing For since her excursion to the cave she hasiven up whoring and has returned to the uaker community of her parents in Manchester fully forgiven What she experienced during that journey she interprets perhaps the only way she knows how as an ecstatic Christian experience She has been vouchsafed a vision of heaven and hell Christianity is the only tool she has for interpreting such a fantastic experience And there s no doubt that she thinks her story is truth Lawyer Ayscough can not shake her from it Nor can he believe it And in the end is shaken himself Like her he is limited by virtue of his place in time to viewing it as nothing than religious hysteria The 21st century reader however sees what has happened in the cave as something uite different I ll stop there Like Fowles French Lieutenant s Woman the narrative toys with metafictional devices but never to the point where they distract Oh yes you ll have to read this one Apparently A Maggot was the result of two dicisive factors The one was the clear yet uninvited image that once popped into Fowles mind of a roup of people travelling on horseback in the middle of nowhe. S one of them will be hanged one will vanish and the others will face a murder trial Out of the truths and lies that envelop these events John Fowles has created a novel that is